Latin Jazz is Booming. Look Beyond the Grammys to Find It.

Giovanni Russonello shines a light on two things we’ve been writing about a lot in recent years:

The sublime pleasures of Latin Jazz and the incredible new generation of players and composers who merit a lot more attention than they are currently getting.

This appeared in today’s (February 11, 2017) New York Times:

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    Horns to Havana in New Orleans – January 2017

    New Orleans and Havana have a long history together.

    For a while (1762 to 1802) when Louisiana (“Luisiana” in Spanish) was a Spanish holding, New Orleans was administered by Havana and the Spanish left behind many beautiful buildings.

    Much of the French Quarter was actually built by the Cubans after a catastrophic fire destroyed most of the old city in … Read more

    The Cuban adventures of Steve Coleman

    Steve Coleman in Matanzas (2017) with members of Rumba Timba. The group is made up of some of the younger members of Los Muñequitos de Matanzas. Luis Cancino Morales on the bells.

    2016 marked Steve Coleman’s 20th year of exploring and playing in Cuba.

    It all started with Coleman’s interest in the philosophical underpinnings of music and how complex … Read more

    Cuba comes to the New Orleans Jazz Fest 2017

    It’s billed as “the largest celebration of Cuban culture in the U.S. since the 1950’s” – and it may well be true.

    This year’s New Orleans Jazz Fest will include over 150 Cuban musicians, artists and craftsman, a large number of whom will be visiting the United States for the very first time.

    Events will be at the Cultural Exchange … Read more

    Afro-Latin radio

    One way to learn more about Cuban and Afro-Latin music is to take advantage of some of the excellent radio shows on the subject.

    Here’s a short list of ones that you can stream via the Internet from anywhere on earth.

    If you know of any other good programs that are streamable, please write us and we’ll add them to … Read more

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